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Kobe Earthquake ­ 17th January 1995
Destructive Plate margin: Eurasian and Philippine Plates
Occurred on the fault line known as the Median Tectonic Bay
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Initially food/blankets/medical supplies were in short supply
Shelters were overcrowded and unsanitary ­ made worse by it being in winter
The government were criticised for a slow response and also for not rejecting foreign
Railways back in service by August
Water/Gas/Electricity/Telephone services were running by July
1yr later: 80% port was working again but the Hanshin Expressway was still shut
January 1999: 134,000 housing units had been constructed
New laws on building and infrastructure were brought in
More earthquake drills were run
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